• Our Objectives

    Within the birthplace of Aotearoa’s modern history, to create an authentic, innovative and immersive journey through time and place.

    • Increasing public understanding of the formative Pakeha - Māori relationships established at Paihia through the work of members of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) at Paihia and adjacent areas, during the period 1823 and 1840 in particular, contributing to a shared understanding between Māori and Pakeha New Zealanders of the meaning, significance and importance of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840, and the context in which it was created.

    • Revealing the events and happenings that took place at Paihia that were either unprecedented or formative as to New Zealand’s history from that point.

    • Otherwise contributing to and supporting an improved public understanding of the work and lives of the missionaries and the Paihia CMS mission, both as part of the history of religion in New Zealand, and their role in more general pursuits such as agriculture, literacy, education, and health, as well as their role in peacemaking and mediation.

    • Creating exhibitions and displays, conducting lectures, building structures, protecting, maintaining, and enhancing historical sites or buildings contributing to or supporting libraries, or such other activities as may properly support the Purpose.

  • Our People

    Martin Williams

    Chairman – Paihia Historical Legacy Society

    Martin is a direct descendant of William and Jane Williams, environmental lawyer and Regional Councillor in Hawke’s Bay, based in Napier. Martin was instrumental in securing the Paihia Mission Heritage Area included in the Far North District Plan, and in formation of  the Society.  Martin is also a Trustee (and former chair of)  the H&W Williams Descendants Commemoration Trust, responsible for maintenance of St Paul’s church in Paihia, with this Trust having been set up after members of the family built and donated the Church as a centennial legacy project, in 1923.

    Dr. John Andrews

    Treasurer – Paihia Historical Legacy Society

    Chair of the Henry and William Williams Memorial Museum Trust; Treasurer, Pahia Historical Legacy Society; Retired Associate Professor of Zoology and Head of School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.  Author of: The Southern Ark published by Hutchison, and No Other Home than This - A history of European New Zealanders, Craig Potton Publishing; and a number of academic research papers. Living in Kohimarama, Auckland.

    Chris Williams

    Treasurer – Focus Paihia

    An accountant by trade, my wife and I left the UK for Paihia in 1985. We bought a restaurant in October and our daughter was born in November. In 2006 we sold the restaurant and I worked for the Far North District Council until retirement in 2014.

    Paihia is now my turangawaewae and I have been fascinated by its people and its history. I am a member of Rotary BOI and a Trustee of Focus Paihia.

    Anna Wilson

    Paihia Haven of History Charitable Trust

    Anna Wilson has been president of the Paihia Haven of History Charitable Trust for the past 7 years.

    This site is adjacent to Paihias 1923 memorial stone church and was HQ for the Paihia Mission Station begun in 1823 by Henry and Marianne Williams and still contains the remains of New Zealands first stone house being that of Williiam and Jane Williams.

    As a life long resident of Paihia, Anna considers her role more as caretaker and guardian of this beautiful and sacred patch.

    George Williams

    Secretary – Paihia Historical Legacy Society

    George is a direct descendant of William and Jane Williams; Secretary, Paihia Historical Legacy Society; Trustee, Henry & William Williams Memorial Trust; Trustee, H&W Williams Descendants Commemoration Trust; Committee, The Williams Reunion 2023. Owner of Blackdog Design Limited, a graphic design firm based in Hawke's Bay.

    Ngati Kawa Taituha

    Waitangi Marae Chairman & Cultural Content Creator

    I am an interpreter of cultural perspectives and indigenous philosophies. My name is Ngati Kawa Taituha.

    I was born and raised in Waitangi which is regarded as the cultural hub for my tribe Ngapuhi and the political epicenter for the entire Maori Nation. My ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence 1835 and Te Tiriti O Waitangi 1840.

    I aspire to enlighten those beginning their journey of learning about our language, history, ancient customs, rituals, and holistic spirituality. This knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation and I am passionate about sharing these deep facets of our culture in a very relevant and meaningful way.

    Marty Robinson

    Trustee – Focus Paihia

    Marty is a direct descendant of Rev. Henry and Marianne Williams.

    A resident of Kerikeri since 1978, he is an advocate for all things Organic and environmental.

    He is a Northland Regional councillor, having been a Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board member for 5 terms
    He is also a trustee of Focus Paihia and a trustee of the Paihia Haven of History Charitable Trust, since 2002.

    Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu


    Bio to come.

  • The Opportunity

    In April 2023, Paihia will host its bicentenary – one of the first towns in Aotearoa to achieve that milestone.
    This offers a unique and exciting opportunity to celebrate and share pivotal moments in Aotearoa’s history by creating an innovative and engaging immersive experience for visitors to Paihia.

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